Despatches

This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to learn more about the history of the British Army in WW1 or perhaps understand why a soldier was mentioned in despatches.

British Commanders-in-Chief of a theatre of war or campaign were obliged to report their activities and achievements to the War Office in the form of a despatch. They were published in the London Gazette. Many had attached lists of men deemed worthy of a mention, although it is rare to find any text explaining the precise reason why a particular individual was chosen.

The campaign in France and Flanders (Western Front)

The campaign at the Dardanelles (Gallipoli)

The campaign at Salonika

The fighting in Ireland

tipTip: was your soldier mentioned in despatches? Take a look at your soldier's medal index card. Does it mention "Emblems" or "Emb"? This means he was issued with the small bronze oak leaf emblem to be worn with the ribbon of the Victory medal, denoting that he had been mentioned in despatches Those mentioned are listed in the London Gazette (searchable online Link) and the National Archives has an index card giving the edition he is in.